Scale RC Model

When you first begin to decide exactly what kind of model train you may want, the matter of scale presents itself. Obviously, model trains are not the same size as their real life counterparts but a scaled down version. So, model train scale is the ratio of the model to the real thing or often called prototype.

Model train scales are assigned a letter to categorize them to their exact size. For example, the popular HO scale is 1:87 or 1/87th the size of the prototype. The N scale is 1:160 or 1/160th the size of the actual train. Here is a list of some of the more popular scales.

- G 1:22
- O 1:48
- S 1:64
- HO 1:87
- N 1:160
- Z 1:220 (really small)

The train manufacturers also make the layout accessories in accordance with the scale. The trees, tunnels, and buildings will naturally blend with whatever scale you may choose. There are more scales available but the HO is the most popular followed by O, S, and N. The real question becomes how much space is available for your layout. The HO may be the most preferred scale but, if the usable space is somewhat limited, the N scale might be more suitable. Keep in my mind any scenery or landscaping you may want to add at a later time. If you find yourself struggling with the decision on which scale to choose, than a starter kit might be a wise choice. The kits will provide the locomotive, track, rolling stock, and accessories at a decent price. Once you have begun this great hobby, the train makers know you will want to continue improving your train setup and your friends may decide to start the hobby for themselves.

There are lots of different model railroaders all over the world. Each has their own vision for their model train layout and space to create it in. Model train manufacturers know this and provide the hobbyists with plenty of choices. There are the various scales giving you the precise size of train but there are numerous choices in track size as well. The term for track size is gauge. The industry has standardized the exact size of both scale and gauge which makes certain that any brand of train will work on any brand of track. That certainly will make it easier on you moving forward. Choosing the right scale for your particular situation is a big step towards creating your very own miniature world. It is time for the adventure to begin.

Shaun Sparrow is an experienced model railroader that enjoys sharing his knowledge about the world's greatest hobby. To find more great information about model train scales please visit his website here.

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